The Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) said this past week that Miami Beach, Florida, and Reykjavík, Iceland have been shortlisted to host the fourth edition of the worldOutgames in 2017. GLISA co-president Daniel Vaudrin made the announcement
The Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) said this past week that Miami Beach, Florida, and Reykjavík, Iceland have been shortlisted to host the fourth edition of the worldOutgames in 2017. GLISA co-president Daniel Vaudrin made the announcement during a press conference for the 2013 Antwerp worldOutgames hosted jointly by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo and Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Belgium. GLISA is the governing body of the worldOutgames. “We have two amazing cities for our members to choose between at our selection meeting in Antwerp in February 2013. Both cities are very different from each other and each is equally exciting in its own way,” he said. “We also want to thank Denver, Rio de Janeiro and Rome for their interest in hosting our event.” A site inspection team will now visit both cities and prepare a report that will be presented to the members of GLISA. The final step will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, in February 2013: each city will be invited to present its bid to the members at a selection meeting. In order to be as inclusive as possible, members will be able to take part and vote by video and teleconference. The winning city will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.
About World Outgames
The first worldOutgames was held in 2006 in Montreal and attracted more than 12,000 participants. The event was based on three components: Sport, Culture and Human Rights. The second worldOutgames was held in Copenhagen in 2009. It was an attractive, open and inclusive event that welcomed the local and international LGBT community as well as the wider population of Copenhagen and Denmark.
About the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association
Established in 2004, the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) is a democratically governed, international association of sport, culture and human rights organizations that works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. GLISA’s mandate is to support and grow an international LGBT movement by organizing continental associations, continental Outgames, and global worldOutgames every four years.